The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2010 (KDE) - Page 2

3 Flash Player

PCLinuxOS 2010 installs the Macromedia Flash Player by default. To see if the Flash plugin is working, start Firefox. Then type about:plugins in the address bar. Firefox will then list all installed plugins, and it should list the Flash Player (version 10.0r45) among them:


4 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus to see which of our needed applications are already installed (of course, the Flash plugin isn't listed in the menus because it's a browser plugin - that's why we checked for its existence in the previous chapter). You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[x] The GIMP
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[ ] Evolution
[ ] aMule
[x] KTorrent
[ ] Vuze
[x] Pidgin
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[ ] OpenOffice Writer
[ ] OpenOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[ ] Banshee
[x] MPlayer (SMPlayer)
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] Real Player
[ ] Totem
[ ] Xine
[ ] Brasero
[x] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Kompozer
[ ] Bluefish

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] True Type fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS partitions

So some applications are already on the system. NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on PCLinuxOS 2010, and JAVA is also installed by default. The MPlayer frontend is named SMPlayer on PCLinuxOS 2010.


5 Configure Online Software Repositories

Now we configure the online software repositories that our PCLinuxOS 2010 system will use to install further software. Go to Software Center > Synaptic Package Manager:

We need root privileges to run Synaptic, so we must type in the root password:

After Synaptic has started, we go to Settings > Repositories:

The Repositories window comes up. Select one repository that is close to you. Click OK afterwards:

A message comes up telling us that we need to click the Reload button because we have changed the repositories:

That's what we do now: we click the Reload button in Synaptic:

Our packages database gets updated:


6 Update The System

Now, still in Synaptic, we can check for the latest updates. Click the Mark All Upgrades button. If there are updates available, you can then click the Apply button to install them (if there are no updates available, the Apply button is greyed out).

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From: Anonymous at: 2010-04-27 03:28:27

Fspot with KDE? Thats just silly.

From: Craig at: 2010-04-28 14:01:30

I don't know if FSpot is a silly recommendation since I'm not sure what's out there for KDE that's comparable.But choosing a Gnome app for a KDE install without some kind of explanation... It does muddle unnecessarily a beginner's how-to.

What I don't get is: why install the antithesis of F/OSS, such as Adobe Reader or RealPlayer, when there are very good F/OSS apps which provide the same functions. Flash, I understand. Picasa... maybe. But at that point, the article is more about freebies (as in beer) than breaking any (proprietary) chains.

I appreciate the time Falko put into this tutorial.  I'll be sharing it with others but, it'll be going out with this big caveat:  "To fully replace a Windows desktop," it is not necessary nor advisable to load whatever DRM-riddled apps that Windows users have to suffer.

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From: Anonymous at: 2010-04-26 14:46:54

I enjoy these tutorials, however I do have to ask why would you choose F-Spot over Digikam? If you are using a Gnome UI, F-Spot would make sense. But, with a KDE UI, Digikam is a much better and natural choice.

From: Anonymous Pinguinista at: 2010-04-27 15:11:21

Thank you for these tutorials; they've been a big help to me. They are a great starting point when you've just installed a new distro and would like to get a quick overview.

I'd like to add two tips which you did not mention in your tutorial. I hope new PCLinuxOS users will find them helpful.

To help you select the fastest repository, there is a mini-script available called Repository Speed Test. It will run a test of the available repos and report back a list of ranked results (from fastest to slowest). If I remember correctly, when it finishes it will even give you the option of enabling the fastest repo in your Synaptic sources list.

You can find it under: Software Center > Repository Speed Test. 

To add multimedia codecs (libdvdcss, win32codecs, etc.) in one step:

Start up Synaptic, search for the task-multimedia package and install it.

From: Davey at: 2010-04-27 20:11:08

Nice thorough run-through that shows off PCLOS's amazing ease and functionality. My one quibble is, before opening Synaptic, open Repo Speed Test from the menu, let it do its test and choose the fastest available repo for you.

From: gemilang at: 2010-04-28 13:18:31

Why install both Brasero and K3B ? PCLinuxOS come with SMPlayer. Why install another VLC Media Player, Totem and Xine ?

From: Anonymous at: 2010-04-27 06:39:54

Firewall needs to be put to On. Icon on desktop. Add Locale icon is on the desktop - where do you live/language/time etc Codecs to add via synaptic incluse libdvdcss, lame, win32codecs-all Hint - dont forfet to lock both your icons and widgets when noy tinkering For safety backup your perfect desktop /home regularly

From: Anonymous at: 2010-05-02 22:24:16

I've found these tutorials useful in the past.  Of course not everyone will want the same, or as much, software as the writer, and some have commented on the selection.  That's fine and doesn't change the usefulness of the tutorials, though "The Perfect Desktop" is perhaps not the best name when the software choices are controversial-perhaps "My Perfect Desktop" would be a more accurate choice.

From: Anonymous at: 2012-06-09 03:52:49

Thanks, I am new to Linux and am trying to set up PC Linux OS Zen Mini on my PC. I know what I want, just not exaclty what it is called in Linux software. This really helped. I now know names and functions when using the package manager. I want a minimal install with just the few things I want. Zen is a great starting place. I do know some multi platform open source software, as I have used Source Forge for years on MS Windows. I love Clementine and VLC player and music is the most important thing to me.

Just a suggestion to the posters here. Do not try to look like you are smarter or a better Linux user than the author. He had the knowledge to write the article. If you believe a piece of software is better, say exactly why, and on what hardware. I am installing to an older computer, resources mean alot. Is it better because it has more functions (uses more recources)? Is it better because it is lighter, but does almost the same, and only lacks functions few users would ever want?

Not everyone will want the same desktop, what is perfect, is what works best for me! You see, because of what is important to me, Audacity and Easy MP3 Gain will be on my desktop. Now all I need is a batch audio convertor. I am ready to try OOG files.